An alleged hit-and-run driver accused of seriously injuring a gas station worker in Huntington 10 months ago was arrested this week, Suffolk County police said.

Michael Charles, 29, of Westbury, was charged Friday with leaving the scene of an incident without reporting resulting in serious physical injury.

Police said Charles was driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee out of the Sunoco on Jericho Turnpike when he struck 60-year-old Jaffery Syed of Greenlawn, was standing by the gas pumps on the afternoon of Wednesday, Feb. 13.

Syed was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital in serious condition.

Charles will be arraigned Friday at First District Court in Central Islip.


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